What is a dental emergency?
A dental emergency poses an immediate threat to the health of your teeth and supporting tissues. Dental emergencies are often the result of impact to the mouth, but can also be caused by infection. Any dental emergency should be evaluated by a professional immediately.
How soon can I be seen?
We offer same-day emergency services for most conditions:
After Hours Emergencies:
For severe dental emergencies after hours, such as significant infection, pain, trauma or lost teeth, please call our emergency number: 212-355-8500.
What to do if a tooth is knocked out:
For permanent teeth that are knocked out, rinse the tooth and put it back in the socket.
If you can’t get the tooth back in the socket, place it in a container of milk, water or saliva to keep it moist. Handle the tooth by the crown. Do not touch the roots. Don’t brush the tooth.
For baby teeth that are knocked out, leave them out and contact us immediately for instructions.
Contact us IMMEDIATELY for information and emergency treatment – the sooner you get to us, the more likely we can save your tooth!
Other Emergency Dental Situations:
- Substantial Toothache
- Significant Sensitivity
- Swollen or Sore Gums
- Jaw Pain
- Broken, Cracked and Chipped Teeth
- Broken Fillings
- Lost Crown
If you can’t get into our office immediately, there are temporary home remedies you can use while you wait:
- Rinse sore teeth and gums with warm water
- Apply ice packs to cheeks
- Heating pads for jaw pain
- Cotton over broken teeth to protect mouth
Medications you can use (as directed):
- Dental anesthetics containing benzocaine
- Ibuprofen (NOT aspirin)
What to avoid:
- Chewing in the injured area
- Overly hot and cold beverages and foods
Pain-Free Emergencies: Some dental emergencies may not cause pain initially. For example, a cracked tooth may not hurt, but it can lead to nerve damage in the roots. Aforementioned conditions need immediate attention, whether or not pain is present.
Call us at the first sign of a dental emergency! 212-355-8500